What is abolition?
Many know and believe there needs to be a deep, structural dismantling of how we handle and even think about what we perceive as crime in our country.
Abolition involves creating a society that exists without imprisonment. It aims to end the practice of using incarceration, community control, surveillance, and exile as a response to things that are criminalized. It seeks to dismantle oppressive systems and institutions like jails, prisons, psychiatric institutions, detention centers, etc. It is an effort to stop overcriminalization of blackness, poverty and behavioral health conditions, and to instead explore alternatives that create space for transformation.
Through abolition we seek to build our communities, as well as their capacity to provide safety and fair responses to crimes. The movement builds leaders who are trusted and able to make decisions about what is best for their communities. It is about creating a network filled with opportunity to access critical resources, success, and sustainability. Abolition builds hope and future in a world where the only response has been isolation and disenfranchisement.